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Fujifilm X-T20 firmware update improves subject tracking, enhances touchscreen functionality

In addition to the six other firmware updates released today, Fujifilm also released the previously announced upgrade to the X-T20. The most interesting features include:

  • Improved AF tracking: the company says that the camera can track moving subjects at twice the speed of the previous firmware. The X-T20 can now track subjects 50% smaller than before.
  • New touchscreen controls: Users can now move the AF area by touch when in ‘focus zoom’ mode. The Quick Menu can now be operated by touch, as well.
  • Exposure improved with face detection
  • RGB and highlight warnings now available

Version 2.00 of the X-T20 firmware can be downloaded here.

Here’s the full list of improvements:

The firmware update Ver.2.00 from Ver.1.11 incorporates the following issues:

1. New AF tracking algorithm for moving subjects
Thanks to the newly developed image recognition algorithm, the update enhances AF-C to track moving subjects twice as fast as previous firmware. In addition, the update also enhances tracking to be able to capture up to 50% smaller moving subjects than before.

2. Enhanced touch screen operation
The firmware update will add some of the touch screen operation features which are currently available on the FUJIFILM X-E3. These touch screen features include:
1) The Auto Focus area can be moved when in focus zoom with flick operation.
2) Pinch-in/out operation in playback mode will be updated to go from full-frame playback to multi-frame playback (Nine-frame view and Hundred-frame view)
3) Select the frame in multi-frame playback with tap or drag operation or return to full-frame playback by double-tapping
4) Q (Quick) menu selection
5) Input character with touch key-board (*1)
*1:Except for some functions. (ex. SSID input)

3. Support “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”
After connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro. Fast batch processing → continue…

From:: DPreview

Best 4K 60 fps Cinema Camera under $2,500? A Fun Comparison between the Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera 4K, Panasonic GH5 and GH5s, and the Z CAM E2

By Sareesh

This article is a comparison of the specifications of the following low budget 4K cameras under $2,500 that shoots 60 fps or more:

Important: Some of the information is unverified. Some are just rumors. Therefore, don’t take this comparison seriously. Don’t take the prices or the specifications seriously either. For accurate information please consult manufacturers’ websites and data. Don’t take any decisions based on this comparison.

The basics

Let’s start with the camera bodies:

Camera Price of body What you get Warranty Notes
GH5 $1,998 Battery, charger, body cap, USB cable, shoulder strap, cable holder 12 Could have added V-Log
GH5s $2,498 Battery, charger, body cap, USB cable, shoulder strap, cable holder, BNC cable 12 N/A
Pocket Camera 4K $1,295 DaVinci Resolve Studio ($299), AC Power supply, dust cap 12 Could have added a battery
Z CAM E2 $1,999 Unknown 12 Huge price jump from the E1

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera 4K (Amazon, B&H) is definitely looking good here. Not only is it the cheapest, but you also get the full version of Davinci Resolve ($299). But we’re just getting started.

Comparison of sensors

Here’s how the camera sensors compare:

Camera Sensor Size (mm) Native Aspect Ratio Maximum Resolution ISO Range Notes
GH5 17.3 x 13 mm 4:3 4992 x 3744 200-25600 18% larger sensor
GH5s 4:3 4096 x 2160 160-51200 (Dual Native) Best low light
Pocket Camera 4K 18.96 x 10 mm 1.89:1 4096 x 2160 Up to 25600 (Dual Native) UHD might be cropped to 17.7 x 10mm
Z CAM E2 17.3 x 13 mm 4:3 4096 x 2160 100-6400

The Pocket Camera 4K is slightly wider, which is good. But on the other hand, the other cameras have a native 4:3 sensor so it gives you extra options. With the GH5, you can almost shoot in 5K in 4:3 mode, which is a great advantage.

The GH5S has great low light ability, which is its USP. The Pocket Camera 4K also has dual native ISO, though it → continue…

From:: Wolfcrow

IHSE USA Offers New 494 Series Extenders for DVI-I to Support DVI and VGA Sources Using Fraunhofer Codec

By Dundee Hills Group

CRANBURY, N.J. — April 9, 2018 — IHSE USA today launched the new Draco ultra 494 Series of extenders for long-distance transmission of DVI-I, DVI-D, USB-HID, USB 1.0/2.0, analog or digital audio, and RS-232 or RS-422 control signals over Cat-X or fiber-optic cabling with virtually lossless image quality. Engineered for reliability and exceptional ultra-high-resolution image performance, the 494 Series uses the innovative Lightweight Image (Lici®) codec developed in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits. Lici compression technology is optimized to deliver perfect transmission of 24-bit digital video to 2048 x 1152 screens at 60 hertz (including 1920 x 1200 and 1080p video transport).

The 494 Series is a part of the extensive ultra series of Cat-X and fiber-optic products from IHSE and is compatible with both the Draco tera enterprise and Draco tera compact series of KVM matrix switch products. 494 Series extenders can be used for simple point-to-point applications or in combination with any of the enterprise or compact matrix switches to support a more flexible KVM or video distribution system. This flexibility makes them perfect for installations that require long-distance digital video transmission and reliable presentation of high-resolution graphics, such as training, simulation, visualization, and command-and-control environments in medical, educational, government, aerospace, oil and petroleum, and postproduction.

The units can extend DVI video signals with perfect quality up to 10 kilometers over fiber or up to 140 meters over Cat-X cables. Images are displayed clearly and without delay in perfect resolution.

Optional features such as a redundant path for critical path requirements make the 494 Series the most convenient and economical solution available. Available in four frame sizes, the 494 Series offers one of the most flexible packaging options on the market. The same card sets are available in a four-slot, six-slot, or 21-slot frame from a basic two-slot chassis. → continue…

From:: Student Filmmakers

IHSE USA Introduces Programmable Keyboard for Adding HID Devices and Expanding Functionality Through a Single USB Port

By Dundee Hills Group

CRANBURY, N.J. — April 5, 2018 — IHSE USA today announced the official launch of the 444 Series Draco keyboard, a freely programmable plug-and-play device that makes it possible to connect a keyboard, mouse, and keypad to a KVM system through a single USB port without needing an additional HID extension. The remaining USB port on the extender CON unit allows simultaneous connection of another USB HID device.

Created for environments where users need to automate multiple tasks under a single macro, such as professional audio mixers, graphics designers or situational awareness analysis in command and control rooms, the heavy-duty 444 mechanical keyboard is designed to accommodate up to 50 programmable push-button keys that can record up to 16 commands per button. It has a solid anodized aluminum housing and keys that can handle up to 50 million keystrokes. Its rugged design and solid rubber feet guarantee good desk contact to prevent slipping. IHSE supports optional customer-specific assignment and printing of keypad keys so that users can program the keypads as they wish.

The 444 Series keyboard enables practical extension of KVM and video signal-distribution systems. An expansion option allows users to add up to two extra matching 25-button programmable keypads for up to 50 more commands or macros. The keypads can also be connected to the KVM system apart from the IHSE keyboard. Users can configure expert-level functions such as macros, key scan, color and brightness of the status LEDs, and disabling of the windows key.

The 444 Series keyboard is ergonomically designed for comfortable operation, with three adjustable tilt angles, precise attachment points, excellent haptics, concave keycaps for better fingertip support, and an optional damping element for a pleasant typing experience. Meanwhile, a thoughtful layout includes function keys that allow for easy control of music and media apps.

The 444 keyboard facilitates → continue…

From:: Student Filmmakers

DoCaption’s LRBox Ancillary Data Platform Brings All-in-One Yet Modular Licensing Approach to Closed Captioning Broadcast and Monitoring

By Dundee Hills Group

VALENCE, France — April 3, 2018 — DoCaption today announced that it has updated its flagship LRBox platform-based product line, a comprehensive series of hardware tools for SDI ancillary data management including, but not limited to, closed captioning and subtitling. DoCaption’s LRBox products now are available in a modular software solution tailor-made for the company’s portfolio of closed-captioning/subtitling encoders, decoders, and monitors.

“By bringing LRBox products into the software realm, we can offer our customers complete solutions with the benefit of modular licensing,” said Renaud Desportes, director of product management and worldwide sales at DoCaption. “LRBox users enjoy state-of-the-art closed-captioning technology and the flexibility to select and configure other critical tools in the manner that best suits their operations.”

The LRBox line includes the WST (ETSI EN300706)/OP42/OP-47/ST-2031 and CEA-608/CEA-708 closed-captioning/subtitling encoders, inserters, databridges, and monitoring devices. All products can be equipped with additional modules including de-embedded audio out, GPI I/Os, RS-232/422 serial I/Os, and more.

The LRBox platform provides as standard a program SDI I/O that is bypass-relay protected, as well as a secondary SDI-configurable input or output, a combination that supports, for example, ancillary data bridging or captioning monitoring with captions overlaid on the video. A fast Ethernet port and a USB port allow for flexible data exchange, simple configuration access, and in-the-field firmware upgrades.

The LRBox platform is available as a stand-alone, small-form-factor box with optional rack- or shelf-mount brackets; in a single/dual-channel setup in a 19-inch, 1RU rack-mount chassis with redundant power supplies; in a high-density, 3RU 19-inch rack-mount chassis that supports up to 10 channels; or, for OEMs, as a single card (small-form-factor 100-mm x 160-mm Eurocard).

“We are proud to offer our LRBox platform as a tailor-made, modular software solution for our subtitling/closed-captioning encoders, decoders, and monitors portfolio,” added Desportes. “The LRBox product line fills a gap in professional captioning → continue…

From:: Student Filmmakers

IHSE USA Adds Dual-Head/Dual-Link DVI Extenders for Draco ultra Series KVM Systems

By Dundee Hills Group

CRANBURY, N.J. — April 3, 2018 — IHSE USA today announced it has added new high-performance models to its Draco ultra fiber and Cat-X extenders for Draco vario ultra KVM matrix systems. Known as the 492 Series, the new extenders support either dual-link DVI up to 2560 x 2048 at 60 hertz or two single-link DVI sources up to 1920 x 1200 at 60 hertz. The extenders also accommodate USB 2.0, digital audio, analog audio, RS-232, and RS-422 signals with the optional upgrade card.

The world’s first DVI extenders to support both DVI dual-link and DVI dual-head in the same plug-in extender module, the 492 Series allows easy connectivity via point-to-point connections or through KVM matrix switching. By using a standard DMS-59 cable adapter included with the units, users can easily configure the units to support one 2560 x 2048 display or two 1920 x 1200 displays.

The 492 Series extenders offer high-performance remote-display transmission of dual-link DVI-D signals up to 10 kilometers over one fiber-optic cable or up to 140 meters over a Cat-X cable.

Because transmission over fiber is inherently secure and immune to outside interference, the dual-link/dual-head fiber extender is the perfect solution for applications that demand low latency, high-quality imagery, and secure data connections, such as control room environments, replay and slo-mo operations, or graphic workstations requiring dual screen setups. The 492 Series supports both single-mode and multimode fiber.

“IHSE continues to pioneer creative products with this new line of extenders. The ultra series dual-head option will be especially useful for command-and-control rooms, broadcast centers, urgent response centers, and other professional media systems where multidisplay applications are necessary,” said Dan Holland, marketing manager for IHSE USA. “They provide significant value in cost compared to alternatives where two extenders would be needed for the same application.”

More information about IHSE USA’s KVM → continue…

From:: Student Filmmakers